About DECP

Our Approach

DECP wants to strengthen the capacity of business organisations in developing countries by transferring knowledge and experience, by cooperating with national and international organisations and through financial contributions to programme activities.
Among other things, DECP can make a contribution in the following areas:

  • fostering sustainable socio-economic development;
  • formulating and influencing policy (national and international);
  • defending the interests of members;
  • providing services to members;
  • attracting members.

In implementing its programme DECP works closely with several international organisations including the ILO (in Geneva), the International Training Centre of the ILO (in Turin) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva. As one of the Dutch agencies active in the field of private sector development DECP cooperates with fellow agencies in the Netherlands, such as the PUM Netherlands Senior Experts programme and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).

Monitoring performance

DECP regularly monitors the progress of its counterparts by measuring their performance on the criteria representativeness, strategic orientation, lobbying, services to members, communication, involvement in social dialogue, revenues and organisational structure, including governance. For more information, please go to the webpage Publications and then to the most recent public Annual report, chapter Facts and figures, section Measuring characteristics.

DECP is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the business organisation VNO-NCW.